SMARTER BALANCED READY

Big Ideas for Implementation

To leverage the collective experience of Smarter Balanced members, we asked district staff from four states and one territory what they learned during the first two years of implementing the assessment system.

Their experiences revealed that being “Smarter Balanced Ready” is more than test-preparation—it requires schools and districts to address an important shift to deeper learning in a comprehensive way through approaches such as assessment literacy, strong communications, and shifting curriculum and instruction to reach the depths of learning students require. The following six big ideas provide examples of how districts addressed these important facets of readiness.